Contributors: May 29, 2000

ROGER ROSENBLATT and ANDREW CARROLL contributed to our Memorial Day cover stories. Rosenblatt, a TIME editor-at-large, writes about how the U.S. memorializes its dead, focusing on the new monument to the Oklahoma City bombing victims. "Over the years memorials have changed from generals on horseback to public places designed to affect feeling," says Rosenblatt. Carroll provides us with the final letters written by American soldiers who were later killed in combat. He began collecting such memorabilia after his parents' Washington home burned down, and now heads the nonprofit all-volunteer Legacy Project, which collects and preserves war letters. "These were ordinary people,"...

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